• The University of Western Australia (M261), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile



Caleb's research focuses on two major dimensions of the future of work. One, creating green jobs and the interlinking of greening work, the broader economy and contemporary society. Two, the 'gig' economy and its implications for workers, organisations, public policy and society.

This research experience was gained via the completion of a PhD in 2013 at Curtin University. The research built a case study methodology to understand the ways in which the Australian political economic milieu affects workplace response and efforts to ‘green’ automotive manufacturing. Much of the analysis was drawn from in depth qualitative interviews with key political, industry and union leaders in Australia. The thesis also drew on international experiences to contextualise and contrast the Australian workplace response to pressing environmental issues such as climate change. This research was published in 2014 as a book 'Greening Auto Jobs: A Critical Analysis of the Green Job Solution' ISBN 978-0-7391-8980-1

In 2015, Caleb completed a one year Post-Doctorate at York University, Canada, and is currently a co-investigator on a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada research project entitled “Adapting Canadian Work and Workplace: Canada in International Perspective” and holds a research fellowship position at the University of Western Australia.

Caleb is the Chief Investigator of a University of Western Australia research project examining work and workers lived experiences in the ‘gig economy’.


PhD, Curtin University (2013)
Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) (Honours), Curtin University (2008)
Bachelor of Social Science (Sociology and Politics), Curtin University (2007)

Roles and responsibilities

Co-Investigator - Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces to Respond to Climate Change Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University, Canada

Executive Committee Member, Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand

Future research

Climate Change and Industrial Relations
Work in the Gig Economy

Funding overview

External Grant

Ellem, B & C. Goods (2021) Climate, Work, Community and Just Transition University of Sydney Industry Partnership Grant with the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union Western Australia $AUD22,636 funded 2021.

Veen, A., Baird, M., Goods, C & T. Barratt, (2020) Marginalized workers in the Australian platform-economy University of Sydney Industry Partnership Grant with Uber Australia $AUD50,000 funded

Internal Competitive Grants

Goods, C., Smith, B., Barratt, T. & Veen, A (2020) Is the Covid-19 crisis shifting Australian attitudes towards worker entitlements?Future Fund Research Awards, awarded $AUD4,700

Goods, C. & Gillian, M. (2020) UWA Business School Visiting Professor Grant, with Associate Professor Mike Gillian, awarded $AUD5,000 to host Professor Dimitris Stevis from Colorado University

Chief Investigator with Brett Smith, Tom Barratt and Craig Standing on a UWA Business School and BHP Billiton Research Award funded project Are Consumers Willing to Pay for Minimum Conditions for Workers in the Gig Economy? $AUD9,920 funded. 2018.

Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces to Respond to Climate Change Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Canada Partnership Grants program. 2014-2021. $CAD2.5 million.

Previous positions

Research Fellow & Sessional Academic, Management and Organisations, Business School, University of Western Australia (2016)

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University, Canada (2015)

 P/T Research Associate/Tutor, Management and Organisations, Business School, University of Western Australia (2013-14)

 Casual Research Assistant, Lecturer/Tutor, Graduate School of Business and School of Management, Curtin University (2012-14)

Current projects

Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces to Respond to Climate Change

Climate Change, Workplaces and Organisations in Australia

Work in the Gig Economy

Engineering Service Work, Global Production Networks & Employment Relations in Australian Mining

Teaching overview

Since 2020 University of Western Australia, EMPL2202 Australian Employment Relations
Since 2018 University of Western Australia, MGMT1136 Introduction to Management and Organisations


Employment Relations
Industrial Relations
Future of Work
Gig Economy
Work & Environmental Issues
Organisations & Climate Change



“On-demand award would create "arbitrary schism": Academics” Workplace Express, 2 December 2021, https://www.workplaceexpress.com.au/nl06_news_selected.php?act=2&nav=10&selkey=60713&utm_source=instant+email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=subscriber+email&utm_content=article+headline&utm_term=On-demand%20award%20would%20create%20%22arbitrary%20schism%22%3A%20Academics

"On-demand" award's scope too narrow: Academics” Workplace Express, 12 August 2021, https://www.workplaceexpress.com.au/nl06_news_selected.php?act=2&nav=10&selkey=60357&utm_source=instant+email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=subscriber+email&utm_content=article+headline&utm_term=%22On-demand%22%20award%27s%20scope%20too%20narrow%3A%20Academics 

“Gig-economy arrangements under scrutiny as Senate committee looks at job security”, Life Matters on Radio National with Hilary Harper, ABC, 21 April 2021, https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/lifematters/gig-economy-arrangements-under-scrutiny-as-senate-looks-at-job/13310578

“UK Uber drivers given new protections – The Backstory” On Radio National Breakfast with Fran Kelly, ABC, 18 March 2021, https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/breakfast/uk-uber-protections-the-backstory-with-isobel-roe/13258058 

“Perth's side hustlers are on the rise”, Focus Radio Program, ABC Perth, 28 July 2020, https://www.abc.net.au/radio/perth/programs/focus/side-hustle/12499360

"Undermined" members contributing to union's crisis: Paper, Workplace Express, 18 February 2020, https://www.workplaceexpress.com.au/nl06_news_selected.php?act=2&stream=1&selkey=58621&hlc=2&hlw=AMWU&s_keyword=AMWU&s_searchfrom_date=631112400&s_searchto_date=1583294998&s_pagesize=20&s_word_match=2&s_articles=1

Newspaper Interview with Bethany Hiatt, “Young West Aussies are ‘doing it tough’”, for The West Australian, Saturday, 9 March 2019, https://thewest.com.au/news/wa/young-west-aussies-are-doing-it-tough-ng-b881125119z

Radio Interview with Josh Szeps, The People vs Programme, ‘The People vs work’, ABC Radio National, 9 September 2018, http://radio.abc.net.au/programitem/pew31KkB4L?play=true

Interview for online article, ‘Online food delivery company Foodora facing legal action over alleged underpayment of staff’, ABC News, 12 June 2018, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-12/foodora-online-delivery-company-faces-legal-action-over-pay/9861178

Radio Interview with Geoff Hutchinson, Drive Program, ABC Perth 720, 31 January 2018, http://www.abc.net.au/radio/perth/programs/drive/drive/9359650

Radio Interview with Peter Bell and Paula Kruger, Breakfast Program, ABC Perth 720, 31 January 2018, http://www.abc.net.au/radio/perth/programs/breakfast/breakfast/9359644

‘McKenny, L & Keep, J. (2017). ‘The food delivery cyclists risking their lives in high-speed tunnels’. SBS Australia, 16 November 2017 http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/11/15/food-delivery-cyclists-risking-their-lives-high-speed-tunnels

Radio Interview with Clint Wheeldon, ‘Being exploited and breaching your visa: the limited choices of the food delivery worker’, ABC Perth 720, 21 August 2017

Radio Interview with Gareth Evan, ‘Gig Work’, 6PR 882, 19 June 2017.

‘The growing popularity of the concept of a “just transition”’ Workplace Express, 7 March, 2017.

Madel, C. ‘Your green car could cause black rain in China’ interviewed for the National Observer28 July, 2015. http://www.nationalobserver.com/2015/07/28/news/your-green-car-could-cause-black-rain-china

‘York researchers analyze the greening of green technology’ Yfile15 July, 2015.


‘To Capitalism! The Cause of…and Solution to…All Environmental Problems’ Radio InterviewIndymediaRTR FM 92.1, 5 January, 2015

‘Episode 81: To Capitalism! The Cause of…and Solution to…All Environmental Problems’ Podcast interview on Progressive Podcast Australia, 6 January, 2015 

‘Sustainable Capitalism’ Radio InterviewIndymediaRTR FM 92.1, 1 October 2012. 

‘Environmental sustainability clauses in just 1.5% of agreements’ Workplace Express, 25 June 2012. Interviewed for and quoted in the workplace express article

Industrial relevance


Lambert, R., Ellem, B., Todd, P. & Goods, C (2017) ‘Engineering Service Work, Global Production Networks & Employment Relations in Australian Mining’, final report to the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union.


Goods, C (2017), ‘Sustainability and Work: What does global warming have to do with my pay cheque?’, Australian Council of Trade Unions’ Training Workshop 2017, Perth, Western Australia, 18 August 2017

Todd, P and Goods, C(2016) ‘The Future of Work and IR: What can we learn from the mining engineering services industry?’,Industrial Relations Society of Western Australia State Conference 2016, Perth, Western Australia, 18 November 2016

Ellem, B., Todd, P., Lambert, R., Goods, C., Rainnie, A., ‘Global Production Networks, Managing Uncertainty and Labour in Australia, IndustriALL Global Caterpillar Network Meeting, Detroit, USA, 15th June 2016

Lambert, R., Todd, P., Ellem, B., Rainnie, A., Herod, A., Goods, C., ‘Global Production Networks in Engineering & Mining Service Companies: the impact on workers and the work they do’, AMWU Delegate Training Workshop, Sydney, Australia 17th June 2014  


Barratt, T., Goods, C. & Veen, A (2021), Submission to the Fair Work Commission Major Cases inquiry into ‘Proposed On Demand Delivery Services Award’, 9 August, 2021 https://www.fwc.gov.au/sites/on-demand-delivery-award/additional-material/am202172-sub-tb-cg-av-090821.pdf

Goods, C., Barratt, T., Smith, B., Sullivan, R, & Veen, A (2021) ‘Submission to the Select Committee on Job Security’, Australian Senate, 30 March 2021 https://www.aph.gov.au/DocumentStore.ashx?id=5d3dc735-d565-46b2-85c5-db6deaf32dc1&subId=705854

Barratt, T., Goods, C., Smith, B & Veen, A (2020) ‘Submission to the Select Committee on the impact of technological and other change on the future of work and workers in New South Wales’, Legislative Council of NSW, 31 August 2020 https://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/lcdocs/submissions/69009/0011%20Dr%20Tom%20Barratt,%20Dr%20Caleb%20Goods,%20Dr%20Brett%20Smith%20and%20Dr%20Alex%20Veen.pdf

Barratt, T., Goods, C. & Veen, A (2019) ‘Submission to the Inquiry into the Victorian on-demand workforce’ , Victorian State Government, 6 February 2019 https://s3.ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/hdp.au.prod.app.vic engage.files/1415/5669/1354/Barratt_Tom_-_Goods_Caleb_-_Veen_Alex.pdf

Barratt, T., Goods, C. & Veen, A (2018) ‘Submission to the Select Committee on the Future of Work and Workers’, Australian Senate, Canberra 16 February 2018, https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Future_of_Work_and_Workers/FutureofWork/Submissions

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

External positions

Co-Investigator Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces to Respond to Climate Change, York University Toronto

1 Jan 20151 Jan 2021

Research expertise keywords

  • Work And Climate Change
  • Organisations And Climate Change
  • Environmental Policy
  • Future Of Work
  • 'Gig' Economy


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